“The Discuss Programme was a fantastic opportunity to go inside some of the biggest law firms in the City to see what they do and how they do it. It was fascinating to talk face-to-face with lawyers at each firm, from trainees to partners, and to have the chance to see how each firm is different.”

Rare guided me through the application process. They gave tips on what to include in application forms/CVs, they conducted mock interviews based on each firm’s format and, once I had vacation scheme offers, they conducted a workshop to help me take the most from the experience. In the end, I had interviews with three sponsor firms, and ended up doing summer schemes with two. I got training contract offers from both, and I doubt that I could have done it without the Discuss programme.”

Evan is now an Associate at Slaughter and May.




I will always be grateful to everyone at Rare for their help in getting me to the place I am at today. The Discuss Programme installed in me a confidence that I kept throughout the various application stages, which ultimately resulted in a Training Contract offer with the firm I wanted.

Without Discuss, I would not have had the exposure to some of the biggest City law firms, which allowed me to really target who I wanted to apply for. Alongside this, the invaluable application advice and coaching sessions meant I felt totally prepared throughout the process. I cannot recommend enough getting involved with this programme if you have aspirations to work in commercial law!

James is a Trainee at Travers Smith.